Author Archive: Adam Zak
My name is Adam Zak. I help companies recruit truly exceptional Lean leaders.
I had been doing retained executive search work for a number of years when I decided to break out on my own and create Adams & Associates International in 1990. Working for a few years with a couple of the very largest search firms had convinced me that I could add significantly more value and provide infinitely better service and quality to my clients from a smaller and more focused and responsive platform. Plus, even as a big-firm partner, I had never really felt much like my own boss. That changed when my name – today Adam Zak Executive Search – went on the door.
One of my colleagues from across the Pond, James Marsh at Sheffield Hallam University, is currently researching his PhD exploring Lean Six Sigma and its environmental benefits and/or tradeoffs. For his thesis, James is analyzing the key differences among different industry sectors and departmental functions, and he would like to connect with the widest cross-section […]
By Adam Zak, Adam Zak Executive Search: From now through early November weâ€šÃ„Ã´re on the road again, meetinâ€šÃ„Ã´ and greetinâ€šÃ„Ã´ our Lean colleagues from around the country. Morning mail brought a reminder that itâ€šÃ„Ã´s that season again. Yes, time to hit the Lean conference circuit until you canâ€šÃ„Ã´t stand (afford?) it anymore. Not to single […]
By Adam Zak, Adam Zak Executive Search: “Respect for people: Very few businesses start up only on the backs of the sole founder. It takes a team.” Jamie Flinchbaugh Earlier this week, Jamie blogged about the Lean Entrepreneur. With layoffs mounting at even the Leanest Thinking companies, he argued that this might be just the […]
By Adam Zak, Adam Zak Executive Search: As a LeanThinker I am most unabashedly a free market advocate. Free trade, absolutely. Love those imported fresh Mexican tomatoes in my sandwich on a freezing January day. Open skies, no question. I look forward to when I can fly Singapore Air from Chicago to LAX, experiencing the […]
By Adam Zak, Adam Zak Executive Search: I’ve been writing quite a bit lately about why respect for people, often vividly demonstrated when your team members are truly engaged in their day-to-day work, is critical to building and sustaining the Lean Enterprise. And you’d have to live on another planet not to notice the plethora […]
By Adam Zak, Adam Zak Executive Search: With apologies to the Mammas and the Pappas… If I really hate Mondays, will it kill me? Last Friday, on the 4th of July, Mark Graban blogged away about an article he’d seen in London regarding the myth of “Monday morning blues”. Mark noted that this article “reminded […]